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2015 CWDI Reports

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2015 CWDI Report on Women Board Directors in APEC Economies

  • Women hold an average of just 9.8% of board seats in 19 APEC economies.
  • Among APEC economies, Canada (20.4%), Australia (20.1%), and the US (19.2%) have the highest percentages, followed by Vietnam (13.9%), New Zealand (13.6%), and China (13.2%).

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2015 CWDI Report: Women Board Directors of 100 Largest Latin American Companies


  • Nearly half (47) of the 100 largest companies in Latin America fail to have a single woman on their Board of Directors.
  • Women account for only 6.4% of directors serving on the boards of top companies in the region.

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2015 CWDI Report: Women Board Directors of the Fortune Global 200


  • From 2004 – 2014, the percentage of women board directors has increased only 7.4% — less than 1% annually — from 10.4% in 2004 to 17.8% in 2014.
  • The Top Three countries with the highest percentage of women board directors all have legislative quotas. France (30.2%), Italy (25.8%), and the Netherlands (23.6%)

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Where Are The Women: Inclusive Boardrooms In Africa’s Top Listed Companies (2015 CWDI Report on Africa; Commisioned by the African Development Bank


  • Of the 12 countries included in the report, Kenya has the highest percentage of women board directors with 19.8%. 
  • Women hold 12.7% of board directorships (364 out of 2,865) in 307 listed companies based in 12 African countries.

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Philippine Stock Exchange Market Open, September 15, 2015

  • CWDI Chair Irene Natividad was joined by Undersecretary of Trade and Industry Nora K. Terrado, PSE CEO Hans B. Sicat, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Domingo-Albert, and 40 women Board Directors, CEOs and executives for the first-ever all-women Market Open at the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • The Market Open saluted the achievements of Filipina women leaders in business and marked the Philippines’ hosting of the APEC Women and the Economy Forum.

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ASX (Sydney) Market Open
10 Sept 2014

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  • Over 50 women board directors and executives, including Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, joined CWDI Chair Irene Natividad in opening the Australian Securities Exchange on September 10th.
  • The ringing of the bell was followed by a Discussion Forum on Board Diversity, and the presentation of the Corporate Champion Award to ASX chair Rick Holliday-Smith for the Exchange’s efforts to accelerate board diversity.

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Euronext (Paris) Market Open 4 June 2014


  • Women board directors and executives, many from leading CAC40 companies, joined Minister of Women, Cities, Youth, and Sports Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Senator Joelle Garriaud-Maylam in opening the Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris
  • The Market Open kicked off the annual Global Summit of Women, hosted by France for the first time.

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Six Swiss (Zurich) Market Open
March 12, 2013

  • CWDI Chair Irene Natividad rings the bell with 75 women business leaders in Switzerland to mark Women’s History Month and the significant contributions of women business leaders in the Swiss economy.
  • This Market Open marks the 10th major stock exchange opened by CWDI.

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